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Mark Miller

Mark Miller has been a writer — journalist, critic, author, historian —and photographer in the field of music, specifically jazz, for more than 45 years. He is the author of 11 books, and served from 1978 to 2005 as the jazz columnist for “Canada’s National Newspaper,” The Globe and Mail. He has also written for Coda MagazineDown BeatThe New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, the Encyclopedia of Music in CanadaSaturday Night and several other popular and scholarly publications.

His interests as an author and historian lie in musicians and stories that have been lost, forgotten or overlooked in the annals of jazz. His books include several studies of jazz in Canada — notably Such Melodious Racket: The Lost History of Jazz in Canada, 1914-1949 (1998) andThe Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada (2001) — and a survey of the pioneering American musicians who introduced jazz to Europe, Asia and South America, Some Hustling This! — Taking Jazz to the World, 1914-1929 (2005).

He has also written the biographies High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm: The Life and Music of Valaida Snow (2007), Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist’s Life (2009) and Claude Ranger: Canadian Jazz Legend (2017), as well as the biographical studies Cool Blues: Charlie Parker in Canada, 1953 (1989) and Way Down That Lonesome Road: Lonnie Johnson in Toronto, 1965-1970 (2011). Some of his several thousand articles for The Globe and Mail were anthologized in A Certain Respect for Tradition: Mark Miller on Jazz, Selected Writings 1980-2005 (2006).

Miller has been described as “the dean of Canadian jazz journalists”(The Jazz Report, Spring 1998) and is praised for the clarity of his writing and the depth of his research.

He lives in Toronto.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada

Publications

Jazz in Canada: Fourteen Lives. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1982.
Boogie, Pete & The Senator: Canadian Musicians in Jazz, the Eighties. Toronto: Nightwood Editions, 1987.
Cool Blues: Charlie Parker in Canada, 1953. London, ON: Nightwood Editions, 1989
Such Melodious Racket: The Lost History of Jazz in Canada, 1914-1949. Toronto: The Mercury Press, 1997.
The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada and Canadians in Jazz. Toronto: The Mercury Press, 2001
Some Hustling This! Taking Jazz to the World, 1914-1929. Toronto: The Mercury Press, 2005
A Certain Respect for Tradition, Selected Writings 1980-2005. Toronto: The Mercury Press, 2006
High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm: The Life and Music of Valaida Snow. Toronto: The Mercury Press, 2007
Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist's Life. Toronto: The Mercury Press, 2009
Way Down That Lonesome Road: Lonnie Johnson in Toronto, 1965-1970. Toronto: The Mercury Press/teksteditions, 2011
Claude Ranger: Canadian Jazz Legend. Toronto: Mark Miller, 2017

Awards

Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research for The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada, 2002
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Northern OAC WITS:
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